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Easy Shrimp and Grits Recipe

Easy Shrimp and Grits Recipe

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  • Author: Nicole Nared-Washington from Brown Sugar Food Blog
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: 2-4 1x


This Easy Shrimp and Grits recipe can be enjoyed for breakfast, brunch, or dinner! Grits flavored with white and sharp cheddar cheese!


  • 2 c. chicken stock
  • 2 c. water
  • 1 c. quick grits
  • ¾ c. white cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 c. sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. Butter
  • 1 Tsp. Coarse black pepper
  • ½ Tsp. Salt (optional)
  • 6 slices bacon, diced
  • 1 c. yellow onion, diced
  • ½ roasted red bell pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • ½ lb. 26-30 Raw Jumbo Shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • ½ tsp. Salt
  • ½ tsp. Pepper
  • ½ Tsp. Onion powder
  • ½ Tsp. Smoked paprika
  • 2 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp. Butter
  • Fresh lemon wedge
  • Parsley, chopped


  1. Bring the chicken stock and water in a medium sauce pan to a simmer. Pour in the grits and stir and immediately reduce the heat to low to avoid popping. Once the grits are creamy, about 2-3 minutes, add the white and sharp cheddar cheese and stir until creamy. Add the black pepper, butter, and stir. Add salt if desired. Cover with lid and set aside on warm. If the grits become too stiff for your liking before you serve add a little milk to bring them back to the desired consistency.
  2. In a separate large skillet over medium heat, cook the bacon until slightly crisp. Remove the bacon and set aside. Leaving the bacon fat in the pan, add the onions and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Next, add the roasted red peppers and cook for 2-3 minutes. Finally, add the garlic cloves and cook for 2 minutes just until the garlic perfumes the kitchen. Remove from heat. Using another saute pan on medium high heat, heat olive oil. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, toss the shrimp with the salt, pepper, onion powder, and smoked paprika. Cook the shrimp on both sides for 2-3 minutes in the hot pan until pink and remove from skillet.
  3. Finally, add the bacon to the pan with the onions and peppers and bring back to a low to medium heat. Add the shrimp and butter. Allow the ingredients to simmer together for about 5 minutes and squeeze the lemon wedge over the shrimp mixture. Fill the desired bowl with cheese grits, top with shrimp, and sprinkle with fresh parsley.
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Category: Entree